This paper explores the Somali experience over the last 17 years, focusing on the four political entities that occupied the territory of the former Republic of Somalia in 2006. It throws new light on the possibilities and limitations of order in stateless societies. Specifically, it examines the role of lineage institutions; the impact on them of a protracted conflict pursued by warlords and financed by big business; and the implications for establishing new state forms of social order.
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Brighton, UK: Institute of Development Studies, 2 pp.